Create the Cape 

We are calling on budding young artists to help us design a cape for Koulla, the Commissioner for Children and Young People. We are asking children to find out about their rights and draw a patch for the Commissioner’s cape (or as we call her, ‘The Commish’) based on what they think is important for children in Northern Ireland.

Who can get involved?

The project is aimed at P1-P3 pupils but open to anyone who is interested. These resources may be of use in supporting children to explore what their rights are; who the Commissioner for Children and Young People is and know that she is the champion for children’s rights in Northern Ireland.

What should the design include?

The design can include anything about children’s rights or what children want to say to the Commissioner. For example:

  • Images of particular rights (e.g. right to play, good health care, education, having a say etc);
  • What you think is important for children in Northern Ireland (e.g. safe spaces to play, making friends with children from different backgrounds); and
  • What you think the Commissioner should do to make sure children get their rights (e.g. listen to children, talk to Government, tell adults about children’s rights).

How do I enter a design?

Entries can be submitted in digital format to or in hard copy addressed to ‘Create the Cape’, NICCY, Equality House, 7-9 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DP.

We have developed resources that may help support children to develop their ideas:

You can see some examples of previous entries on this page.

What will happen next?

We want to get as many children as possible involved so we will keep asking for designs until the end of January 2017. Once we have enough patches we will sew them together to make a cape for the Commissioner. The voices and ideas of children from across Northern Ireland will help the Commissioner in her role. We will also create an exhibition of all the designs and aim to hold  a Children’s Rights event in March 2018 – check back nearer the time for more details.

If you have any questions please contact a member of the Participation team on 028 90311616 or